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Thursday August 27, 2015

Google: Improving Quality Isn’t Anti-Competitive

Google has responded to accusations of antitrust behavior from the EU. The search giant doesn't believe it has done anything wrong and that the EU is "wrong as a matter of fact, law, and economics."

Google has always worked to improve its services, creating new ways to provide better answers and show more useful ads. We’ve taken seriously the concerns in the European Commission’s Statement of Objections (SO) that our innovations are anti-competitive. The response we filed today shows why we believe those allegations are incorrect, and why we believe that Google increases choice for European consumers and offers valuable opportunities for businesses of all sizes.

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2015 Thermaltake CaseMOD Invitational Season 2

Thermaltake, an industry leader in computer chassis, thermal solutions, and power supply units, today brings back the international modding event of the year, the 2015 Thermaltake Case MOD Invitational Season 2. The event is held in the Tt Community, featuring ten of the world’s top case modders from the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Australia, Russia, Thailand, and Philippines. Contestants will use various Thermaltake liquid cooling components to transform the Thermaltake Core X9 E-ATX Cube Chassis into a brand new creation!

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Gaming [H]eadlines

"Do Or Die" For Frozenbyte @ Blue's News

Forza Motorsport 6 Demo Hits 9-1 @ Shacknews

New Fallout 4 Concept Art Hints At Book? @ VG24/7

New Star Wars Battlefront Concept Art @ GameSpot

MSI GTX 950 Gaming 2G

The MSI GTX 950 Gaming 2G is strapped to the test bench at LanOC today. What makes MSI's version of the GTX 950 different? Hit the link to find out.

So today I’m going to see what sets the MSI apart and find out how it performs compared to the Asus as well as the two different R7 370’s that I have recently tested. This is a great chance to see how the Twin Frozr cooler on the MSI compares to the DirectCU II cooler on the Strix and to see what is the better option if you are on the market for a GTX 950.

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SoundCloud Sued Over Unpaid Royalties

It sure seems like this lawsuit could have been easily avoided. frown

In an email sent to members, PRS for Music notes: "Following five years of unsuccessful negotiations, we now find ourselves in a situation where we have no alternative but to commence legal proceedings." It believes that SoundCloud should acquire a license to offer music created by its 111,000 members and says that while it has asked the company "numerous times to recognise their responsibilities," its demands "have not been met."

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Amazon Lays Off Engineers Behind The Fire Phone

For the first time in eleven years, Amazon is laying off engineers at Lab126. The company is also scaling back on other hardware projects as well.

Amazon's top secret Lab126, the group responsible for Amazon's failed Fire smartphone and other consumer hardware, is facing job cuts. According to the Wall Street Journal, Amazon has retrenched dozens of engineers at Lab126 that worked on the Fire, and killed off or scaled back a number of other hardware projects that were under development.

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[H]ardware Round-Up

ETC.: Tesoro Excalibur Spectrum @ Modders Inc.

Motherboards: Gigabyte Z170X-UD5 @ Legit Reviews

PSU: SilverStone SX600-G SFX Series @ eTeknix

Storage: QNAP TS-563 NAS @ Legion Hardware

Video: MSI GTX 980 Ti Gaming 6G @ ocaholic

Palit GeForce GTX 950 StormX Dual @ Hexus

Tiny Star Destroyer Found On Mars

I don't care what you say, this is totally a tiny Star Destroyer that crash landed on Mars.

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The Women On Ashley Madison Were Mostly Fake

Oh come on, don't act surprised. We all knew there weren't any women on Ashley Madison. This story just keeps getting better and better. big grin

Overall, the picture is grim indeed. Out of 5.5 million female accounts, roughly zero percent had ever shown any kind of activity at all, after the day they were created. The men’s accounts tell a story of lively engagement with the site, with over 20 million men hopefully looking at their inboxes, and over 10 million of them initiating chats. The women’s accounts show so little activity that they might as well not be there.

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Cool Drone Video of the Day

This commercial drone system is pretty bad ass.

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OCZ Trion 100 480GB SSD Review

The review crew at NikKTech have the OCZ Trion 100 480GB SSD ($160 per PC Hound)on the test bench today. You can see our evaluation here for comparison purposes.

OCZ made a great comeback after being acquired by Toshiba and after releasing two great SSD models (ARC 100 and Vector 180) it was just a matter of time before they too released a more "entry" level one and its name is the Trion 100.

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T-Mobile Refuses To Block The Pirate Bay

The music industry wants T-Mobile to voluntarily follow a court order that was issued against rival Internet provider? I'm no fan of the Pirate Bay but don't think this is how things are supposed to work.

The Austrian branch of T-Mobile is refusing to block access to The Pirate Bay and several other popular torrent sites. T-Mobile was asked to do so by a local music rights group, who want the ISP to voluntarily follow a court order that was issued against rival Internet provider A1.

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NVIDIA Foundation Awards $200,000 In Cancer Care Grants

Four nonprofits providing cancer care and support services in West Africa, India and the U.S. have won $50,000 grants from our employee-led corporate foundation, the NVIDIA Foundation. The awards are part of Compute the Cure — our companywide effort to fight cancer and offer support to individuals and their families who are dealing with it. Through grants and employee fundraising, the initiative has directed more than $1.6 million to cancer-fighting causes since 2011.

Launched this spring, our Compute the Cure Cancer Care grant program aims to help provide support to those affected by cancer in the communities in which we operate, and others around the world. More than 50 organizations submitted proposals. Three dozen employees reviewed the applications and selected a group of finalists. Then, our employees voted for their favorite recipient, the Employee Choice winner. The Foundation’s board of directors (composed of non-execs) awarded the other three grants.

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Intel Unveils New Details For Upcoming Intel Omni-Path Architecture

Today at HotInterconnects 2015, Intel provided new details for its future Intel® Omni-Path Architecture (Intel® OPA), a next-generation high performance computing (HPC)-optimized fabric technology and a key component of Intel's HPC scalable system framework. Intel OPA is designed for the integration of fabric components with CPU and memory to reduce latency, increase node bandwidth and enable the lower power, higher density systems required by next-generation data centers. The additional details on OPA were included in a technical paper that will be presented today at 2:10 p.m. by Todd Rimmer, Intel OPA software architect.

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AMD Radeon R9 Nano Video Card PAPER Launch

Our coverage of the AMD Radeon R9 Nano Video Card PAPER Launch is now live.

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AMD has released information on the new Radeon R9 Nano. This may be a 6" video card, but you'll be surprised what lies in wait under the hood. Today is just a paper launch as is AMD's new habit. We are able to share specifications, photographs, pricing and availability only.

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AMD Radeon R9 Nano, World’s Smallest and Most Power-Efficient Enthusiast Graphics Card Brings 4K Gaming to the Living Room

AMD continues to push the boundaries of graphics card design, today announcing its category-creating AMD Radeon™ R9 Nano, the fastest Mini ITX graphics card ever designed to enable 4K gaming in the living room through ultra-quiet, ultra-compact PC designs. First previewed to gamers around the world during the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles in June 2015, the AMD Radeon R9 Nano graphics card is based on the graphics chip codenamed "Fiji", and is the third "Fiji"-based product to launch this summer alongside the AMD Radeon™ R9 Fury and R9 Fury X graphics cards. The AMD Radeon™ R9 Fury graphics family, based on the "Fiji" chip, marks a turning point in PC gaming with the implementation of High-Bandwidth Memory (HBM) to deliver extreme energy efficiency and performance for ultra-high resolutions, unparalleled VR experiences, smoother gameplay, with the Radeon R9 Nano revolutionizing form-factors for enthusiasts everywhere.

With 30 percent more performance and 30 percent lower power than the previous generation AMD Radeon™ R9 290X card, the 175W AMD Radeon R9 Nano is the world’s most power efficient Mini ITX enthusiast graphics card. The six-inch long, air-cooled board represents a new class of graphics card, enabling gamers, PC modders, and system integrators to build compact, unique, ultra-small form factors that have never before been possible, opening the door to new, sleek PC designs that are no bigger than a home DVR or videogame console, and look every bit in place beside them. The AMD Radeon R9 line of graphics cards offers a spectrum of products ranging in price from $199 – $649 SEP. Delivering stunningly powerful graphics for unparalleled 4K gaming experiences in their class, the AMD Radeon R9 Series meets virtually every need and budget for anyone who demands a premium gaming experience.

Our AMD Radeon R9 Nano video card PAPER launch preview can be found here.

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Wednesday August 26, 2015

Is This The Guy Who Hacked Ashley Madison?

Hmmm, does Brian Krebs know who hacked Ashley Madison? Who knows but, if I was this Zu guy, I wouldn't want to have Krebs on my case.

It is possible that Zu is instead a white hat security researcher or confidential informant who has infiltrated the Impact Team and is merely riding on their coattails or acting as their mouthpiece. But one thing is clear: If Zu wasn’t involved in the hack, he almost certainly knows who was.

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AT&T Says Injecting Ads Into Airport Wi-Fi Was A Test

After getting called out for injecting ads into airport Wi-Fi, AT&T now says that it was all just a "test" that has coincidentally ended. Seems legit. roll eyes (sarcastic)

"We trialed an advertising program for a limited time in two airports (Dulles and Reagan National) and the trial has ended," AT&T told Re/code in a statement. "The trial was part of an ongoing effort to explore alternate ways to deliver a free Wi-Fi service that is safe, secure and fast."

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[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: In Win 805 @ CowcotLand

Cooling: Alphacool Custom 480mm Kit @ NikKTech

Motherboards: Gigabyte Z170X-Gaming G1 @ Bjorn3D

Storage: HGST Deskstar NAS 6TB HDD @ Technic3D

Synology DiskStation DS415play 4-bay NAS @ Techgage

Video: PNY GeForce GTX 950 @ Hexus

PC Assassin's Creed Syndicate Delayed

Considering how bad they screwed up the last Assassin's Creed game, I think most people are fine with Ubisoft delaying this game until they get it right.

The team still wants to let Assassin’s Creed Syndicate cook for a little while longer before releasing it on PC, so as to give players the optimal experience. "The additional four weeks are for us to really bear down and finalize all of the polish and optimization, to make sure the game and all of its systems are stable when it launches, so it runs smoothly for all players starting on day one," explains Kovalev.

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North Dakota Legalizes Taser Drones for Cops

As long as they upload all the "don't taze me drone!" videos to YouTube, I think this would be hilarious. big grin

It is now legal for law enforcement in North Dakota to fly drones armed with everything from Tasers to tear gas thanks to a last-minute push by a pro-police lobbyist.

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Facebook Launching Digital Personal Assistant

Just what we all need, another digital personal assistant tied to our phones. Not sure how I feel about the name either, it instantly makes me think of Judy Dench.

Last month, the service – which was dubbed Moneypenny – was described as a concierge service, with "real people" available who can help users accomplish tasks online, like researching/buying products and services, among other as-yet-to-be-determined things. Marcus confirmed to Wired that Facebook’s M will be supported by a team of people – known as M Trainers – who manage the artificial intelligence and assist in completing tasks.

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Game Of War Employee Accused Of Trade Secret Theft

Something tells me that this moron didn't think this crime of the century through all the way.

Confronted by company executives, Mr. Zeng tried to use the files as a bargaining chip for a severance agreement, according to the complaint. The company appeared open to a three-month package, while Mr. Zeng wanted six or seven months, the complaint said. He then allegedly gave conflicting accounts of how many copies he made and whether some of the storage devices holding the files were in China or San Ramon. The company, in the meantime, contacted the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Agents arrested him as he tried to board a flight Aug. 20.

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Windows 10 Installed 75M Times In One Month

Microsoft's Corporate Vice President of Marketing for Windows and Devices just announced on Twitter that there are 75 million devices running Windows 10 just a month after launch. So much for all those "Windows 10 installations are in decline" stories.

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Amazon Underground Offers $10k In Free Apps

Amazon has just announced a new app for your Android phone called Amazon Underground. According to the website, the new app offers over ten thousand dollars in apps, games and in-app items that are "actually free."

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YouTube Gaming Has Launched

Google has decided to skip the big press releases, launch parties and other fanfare in favor of a somewhat subdued roll out of its YouTube Gaming service. Thanks to cageymaru for the heads up.

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Gaming [H]eadlines

Dying Light Demo Is Now Available @ Blue's News

GOG.com And Bethesda Celebrate New Deal @ Shacknews

The Magic of Oculus Touch @ GameSpot

The Witcher 3 Has Sold 6M Copies @ VG24/7

Official LawBreakers Announcement Trailer

CliffyB's upcoming free-to-play game is called LawBreakers. You can get more information about the game here and watch the official announcement trailer below:

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Glue That Only Hardens When Voltage Is Applied

It seems like using this type of glue underwater or in the human body would be a bit difficult considering it hardens when voltage is applied. eek!

A team from Singapore's Nanyang Technological University is coming at it from a slightly different angle by developing a glue that hardens when an electrical charge is applied. As the team's lead scientist Professor Terry Steele points out, most glues don't work when they're wet, in the same way that sticky tape won't stick to a wet surface because the adhesive will stick to the water rather than the surface. Steele and his team have been at work for more than a year, crafting a new form of adhesive that can perform its job in wet conditions, such as underwater or in the human body.

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